Friday, October 29, 2010

Bill Stewart 1968

Time for a musical Bill affair (Listen to the jingle).  Bill was still with us in the late 70s with a neat brew of swing.  Bill was the one on "Quarter Century of Swing" for AFRTS.  We lost Bill in 1993 to heart failure.
KMPC, 1951-59; KGIL, 1965-66; KRHM, 1966 and 1969; KGIL, 1973-75.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

AFKN 1968 Pictures

I've been looking for these.  Ken Hissong sent some pictures of his 1968 tour on the hill.

Outside HQs building.  The Buick Rivera parked in front belonged to a kid whose father was a light bird assigned to USOM.

Film chain


Yours truly on top of grandstand doing live broadcast of 8th Army football game.



Your humble servant doing his board shift in Studio A.


Newsroom (which was in a separate building) Army Spec. Roger Schatz in the rear, middle Arny spec. John Sheridan and our translator Jimmy Chae.  (I worked there 8 years later, nothing was changed.)


Another shot of the newsrooom




AFKN Tomahawk (Munsan) 1970,

Courtesy of Dave Massa, in 1970 it was AFKN Tomahawk's 11th birthday, so of course there was a party..




Dave, this picture will be repurposed..


Ed Masters came up for the festivities.  Ed was there for 30 years and this is the first picture that I've been able to find.



Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Roland Bynum 1983


Time for another visit with Roland Bynum, this is part two of the program posted earlier.  Roland was incredibly personable. 


Program sticks a bit at about 2 minutes in.

Roland's still on the air in Los Angeles, weekends at WJLH (does it stream?)

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Charlie Tuna, then I blushed... (now with aircheck)

Here's another one of the Charlie Tuna shows from 1973, stay Tuna'd


This is from Charlie Tuna's Facebook page..


Charlie Tuna Having done almost 6000 shows, I never thought about saving those AFRTS vinyl discs each week, but thanks to people like Thom Whetson, I can take a walk down memory lane with digital quality, and all those shows shrunk down to CD size for storage!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Jim Pewter 1976

Here's Jim on tour with Laurie Allen
(photo Laurie Allen)

Has there ever been anyone that played oldies as well as this guy?  Ex AFKNr Jim Pewter went on to the biggest of the big time, KMET, KRTH, KRLA and producing oldies packages.  Jim spent 1965 in Korea and was on the entire network about a year later.  He was at KMET in 1970.  Where was he working 1966-70?

US Army Germany

Welcome visitors from the http://www.usarmygermany.com/ website.  Walter does a great job with it and there's a lot of AFN infomation I haven't seen before.  Take a look!

Happy Birthday AFKN


AFN-K (I still find that hard to say) has put together their 60th anniversary tribute. 
What do you think?


Don Tracy

We finally have a picture of Don Tracy.

The weekend is here.  What else is there to say?

Charlie Tuna 1973

Photo: Charlie with Jessica Alba



Charlie Tuna?  Always great.  How did he do it, always a great show and as close to perfect consistancy than anyone.  There have been a lot of greats over the years but for a Dan Ingram or a Larry Lujack there's a
between a 1967 and a 1977 show.  Normally that wouldn't be a good thing but with Charlie it always was.  Let's revisit 1973, it's Thursday.  Stay Tuna'd.


Sunday, October 17, 2010

Chris Noel's Petition

Here's the Chris Noel that we remember



Chris Noel has asked for our help with this.  She's lobbying for a Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Click here to sign Chris Noel's petition

Your help is appreciated

Most of this collection is from donations from people like you.  a handful of cassettes, reels, a box of records not listened to anymore.  Please let me know if you can help.  And of course when you tell a friend about these pages it helps a lot.  Thanks!

Thom
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Charlie Tuna 1973


I used to do the morning show in Panama then run the Charlie Tuna show...and listen.  Charlie had an awful lot of what we wanted to grow up to be" Years later I was working at a station in Manchester and the PD was asked me how I could do content that wasn't cliche "topical" or "music related" but was 'one on one'.  It was something I think we learned from all of the AFRTS guys, but Charlie in particular.

Thanks for the memories!

Ira Cook 1965

KMPCs Ira Cook was still doing shows for American Forces Radio in the mid 70s.  This time we take a look at a 1965 memory.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Command Performance


Command Performance was a star-studded jamboree.  It was probably the biggest thing produced by AFRTS.  In 1977 Frank Bresee assembled a 35th anniversary tribute.  Guests for the tribute include Ken Carpenter and Bob Hope, sharing memories.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

History of AFN

In 1990 began the 'downsizing' of our bigger networks.  MediaNetwork discussed the history of AFN with Roy Neal.

He had a big career before WWII worked at AFN and later came back as a civilian.

Take a listen:


There's more about Roy Neal at http://www.broadcastpioneers.com/roynealbook.html

Saturday, October 9, 2010

AFN Lunchbox with Lou Biel

Share your lunch with Lou Biel on AFN!

Mary Turner

Time for another visit with Ft McCadden's Mary Turner.




Mary really did rock the world.  KMET, AFRTS, Off the Record.  Classy and always done well.  Earlier we heard part one of this show.  Here's the second part.

Friday, October 8, 2010

See AFRTS disks on PBS-TV

Jon checks in to let us know about something coming up on PBS


I was just checking a satellite feed of an upcoming PBS program, "Michael Feinstein's American Songbook" and spotted a collector with some some serious WWII-era AFRS vinyl transcriptions and V-Discs.

Feinstein discussed the use of the AFRS discs and their procurement, and there was some great performance footage of Lena Horne, Bing Crosby and Judy Garland taken from "Jubilee" and "Command Performance USA."

This is in episode #2 of the series, entitled "The Best Band in the Land."

After doing a QC check of the feed, it was a segment of the show where Michael Feinstein met with former AFRS producer Marty Halperin (Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters).

Halperin was showing him the master tapes he kept over the years in the basement of his home, along with a few AFRS 12" transcription discs (in the familiar manila shuck with "Armed Forces Radio & Television Service" and "Property of U.S. Government" over the center hole.

Michael Feinstein's American Songbook

Best Band in the Land

Wednesday, October 13, 7:00pm (your date and time may vary)

The roles that popular music played during WWII, providing emotional solace and boosting morale, are remembered. Michael Feinstein also discusses the era's big bands, USO shows, V-Discs and war bond rallies; and prepares an original patriotic song.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

AFRTS transcriptions

Chris asked for more information about the AFRTS transcriptions.  There were three different types of transcriptions

RP "Radio Priority", these were time critical with usually the top hits, like Charlie Tuna or Gene Price or Wolfman. These were to be destroyed after use.

RU "Radio Unit", these were things that were not time critical. Programs that would be forwarded to other stations in the network. Usually they'd start at a big network and be shipped to smaller and smaller stations. Programs like Jim Pewter or Golden Days of Radio. It really didn't matter if the disk was several years old when broadcast.

RL "Radio Library", these were the albums for the local DJs to use in their programs. These were indexed and filed. The older stations had most of the records going back to 1943. There were sub classifications here including P- (pop) W- (western) L- (latin) R- (religion) SP- (symphonic pops) MISC-(miscellaneous) included comedy albums, jingles and some very weird audio TP-(top pops) were the new hits of the week from 1962-75 making a neat oldies library. Radio jingles and production music were not in a series.


This disk would have been from 1967.  Mostly really great tunes.  "Little Girl" was a super tune.  Is it even in print?  Probably on Nuggets.

While not directly related, Jose Fritz says there was such a thing as a 16" V-disc and will be sending a scan of one.

These do not seem quite as exciting..

Laurie Allen

Photo: Original Minnesotans  Laurie with Jim Pewter in Crete, courtesy Laurie Allen

Here's a double batch of memories,  Laurie Allen with the best in classic rock.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Golden Days of Radio

No recent word on Frank Bresse's condition.  He had an amazing run on the network.  Recently his amazing record collection has come on the market.  But these were the days, a 1951 Lux Radio Theatre production of Sunset Boulevard.

Gene Price

Our visit to Soesterberg continues with Gene Pierce, er Price make another hour of magic.  Listen to the PSA at the beginning.  Talk about a non-denial denial...

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Wolfman Jack


Blogwatcher Paul sent some great audio ftom AFN Soesterberg in the Netherlands.  We sure had some great places to go.  Here's the Wolf!

Goodbye MSG Pat Daigle, RIP

I was a 19 year old kid and ended up at the 2nd division field station. I was a bit of a rebel and so was Pat, that's why they shipped him out to there. A really total scoundrel. He was a lot older than the rest of us. Taught me a lot about life.


He could charm the honey out of a rock.

Pat spent 1969 at AFVN Nha-Trang.  I ran into him in Korea in 1976

We had our own two quonet hut compound on Camp Casey. The one star would come over most every week to cook gumbo with Pat and be able to drink beer, without it being a federal case.

The AFKN CO that we had would periodically come out to bother us. One time he came out to the Division, looking strac. He was all but arrested at the gate, brought to the General who dressed him down for being an officer wearing Class As in the division area. We never saw the Colonel again. Somehow I've always believed Pat was involved in that one.

We drank too much, partied too hard and had a helluva time.

We got back to the world, I went to horrible FT Devens Mass and Pat to be the DINFOS SGM at Ft Harrison. I'd call sometimes and we'd shoot the bull. I was getting ready to ETS and wanted to blow off all my leave, they wouldn't let me until my replacement actually arrived. Almost everyone got out of their orders to Devens.

"Pat, I need a favor. Please get a 71r sent here."

"I'll get two"

Pat sent the two of them. The one that was originally scheduled to arrive did. One more appeared totally out of nowhere. I was replaced by four people. Pat retired somewhere in that time frame (1980??) Thanks Pat.



MSG Patrick R. Daigle, U.S. Army (Retired) age 74 of LaVernia, a graduate of Louisiana State University and Vietnam Veteran passed away September 19, 2010. He had over 20 years of distinguished military service, loved his country, LSU football, his family, and close friends. Born in Alaska and raised in Louisiana he was preceded in death by his parents, Alton & Eva (Lejeune) Daigle, Sr.; brother-in-law, Jim Puckett; sister-in-law, Carol Daigle and father-in-law, Walter Miller. He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Kathy Daigle; brothers, Alton Daigle, Charles Daigle, Dale Daigle; sister, Mildred Puckett; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins and good friends, Tim Richardson, Perry Bullard, Preston Cluff and Judge Jim Burdette. A strong proponent of animal rights he loved his family pets and is survived by his beloved German Shepherds, Hondo and Harley, and family cats, Moe, Blue and Skeeter. A memorial service will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital , P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142. You are welcome to sign the online guestbook at www.finchfuneralchapels.com.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

AFRS Korea before AFKN


Was just reading "A Brief History of the Far East Network" by H. Jordan Roscoe and have a little information about the pre-AFKN history of AFKN.

If you've been following this, in 1945 was the genesis of FEN and several stations were located in Korea.
First Broadcast October 22, 1945


January 1, 1947, while still a part of the Far East Network WVTP Seoul, WKLJ Chonju and WKLC Pusan were on the air.  WKLJ was shut down September 1948, WKLC in November 1948.

WVTP Seoul closed June 30, 1950 when it was transferred to the Korea Military Advisory Group, ceasing to be a part of FEN.  At that Time Mr. Muccio, the ambassador went on WTVP to call for the evacuation of Seoul because it was being overrun by the North Koreans.

WVTP was also refererd to as Seoul Station #1.  It was located in the 24th Corps building in downtown Seoul.  Studios and billets were on the second floor. 
Palmer Payne updates us with KMAG was shut/shutting down before the June 1950 invasion by the North, there were no more than a couple of dozen KMAG advisors in country.

Ed Masters was still at FEN HQ in Tokyo and transferred to Sapporo in Northern Japan.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Charlie Tuna 1973

Charlie and Marlo Thomas

Time for another of our 1973 visits with Charlie Tuna.  What do you think?


Visit http://www.charlietuna.com/ for the latest updates

I miss the record library...

I was cleaning up and re-sleeving some transcriptions and remembering the libraries.



I don't think the network ever tried to be eclectic, but with a dozen disks coming in every week since 1943 there was a lot of music. I'd go in and listen to a genre I hadn't heard in a while, early R&;B, Western swing, Gospel... totally amazing libraries. The majority of the libraries were mediocre MOR. AFKN in the field stations would have random program disks from the 50s and 60s. "Yours Truly Johnny Dollar" "Bob and Ray" "Date with Chris" there was probably a complete set at the Camp Casey station, at the time I didn't know what they were. In the 1970s and 80s, there were RP and RU disks. RP were to be destroyed after broadcast. RU disks were to be shipped to another station. SCN in Panama had a mostly complete set of library disks. It was the first time I'd heard all of the MAJ Glenn Miller sides. Shuffling through them was always like Christmas for me. AFN had saved a copy of probably every disk ever received. In the early 1970s those were cleaned out. Around the time that the network talent wasn't renewed cds went to the stations and the program vinyl was recalled for the Library of Congress. In 1982 was one of the earlier times they tried that. At SCN we said "No, we need everything we've got." and they let that pass. Now the libraries get their weekly CDs, but they're rebranded Superdisks, the same as used by hundreds of stations in the United States. I’m sure they’re a lot easier to program from, but an era is gone.

Jazz International


There's always been great jazz on AFRTS, let's assume this is from 1960.  Howard Leucroft hosts Buddy Collette.  We just lost Buddy in September.  Here's some great music.